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and these where we begin this hour of "america live." welcome, everybody. i'm megyn kelly. moments ago the president gathering with a group of taxpayers to encourage americans to put pressure on congress to make a deal on raising taxes on the wealthy. but we heard no mention of congress dealing with our soaring debtor deficit spending, or where spending cuts of any type might come or how we are going to address the larger issue: we all know that tax hikes on the rich ain't going to get it down. progressive groups reportedly held a private meeting with senior obama administration white house officials. according to the "washington post" the groups were told not to worry about any entitlement reforms or big budget cuts. the so-called safety net programs according to them are not going to be touched and the progressive groups walked away feeling very happy. the report say the white house feels it does not need to compromise, period and is willing to let the big tax hike happen on everybody. the big tax hike is what everybody will face not just the rich or the middle class. they think the
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in america for something that was less liberal than what the networks for putting on the air. so, fox news was born. fox news has been hugely successful. it earns somewhere between $1.10 $0.50 billion a year. -- $1 and $1.5 billion a year. the folks at nbc took a look at what fox has been doing and figure out if they could make news skewing news to the right, if we could make half of that, let's ask you to the left. and so, you have on cable television news that caters to people who consider themselves progressives, news to people who consider themselves conservatives, you have the afternoon radio talk shows, the evening radio talk shows which cater largely to the conservative. you have the late-night comedy show, john stewart, stephen cole there, that tend to cater more to the left. and the end result is the area that has gone more or less of fellow is serious news organizations reporting the important events of the day without any kind of political bias. we have grown up as a nation believing we are entitled to hear news that resonates to the news we already -- to the views we already ho
a few of the many stories we are following this morning. a busy day in "america's newsroom." >>> plus, a boat trip turning deadly off the coast of florida. how 23 people ended up in a fight for their lives. patti ann: and tragedy on the highway. a chain reaction crash causing a 140-car pile-up. we'll tell you how this happened. gregg: plus, ambassador susan rice under fire for calling benghazi a respond spontaneous , and now she is speaking out against her republican critics including senator john mccain. why she says their claims are unfounded. >> when discussing the attacks against our facilities in benghazi, i relied solely and squarely on the information provided to me by the intelligence community. i made clear that the information was preliminary and that our investigations would give us the definitive answers. ♪ [ male announcer ] it started long ago. the joy of giving something everything you've got. it takes passion. and it's not letting up anytime soon. at unitedhealthcare insurance company, we understand that commitment. and always have. so does aarp, an organization serv
think the administration has used that as an excuse, and it really -- you know, america has a lot of overclassifying, that is one reason there are adults that are supposed to be able to handle this. and i don't think it would have been that difficult for her to somewhat give a more nuance discussion of what really transpired in benghazi. >> fran, you dealt with classified and unclassified talking points when you served at the white house, do you agree with rueul? >> well, those that drafted these talking points, perhaps the intelligence community will prepare the individual going out on the sunday show, especially if they're doing multiple shows, to understand where the lines here. we don't know if it happened here. if it didn't, it certainly should have. it leads to what rueul is saying, you learn how to make arguments so that you don't cross classification lines. this was just poorly handled, the talking points poorly coordinated. she went out there making it sound crystal clear. i think she was both poorly served. and then she didn't really use the talking points she was given
million of rich people. look what he said here. the "forbes" 400, wealthiest individuals in america hit a new group record. $1.7 trillion, more than five times the $300 billion total in 1992. he says you know, my gang has done pretty well. so leave the middle class alone. and so these two kind of the 1-2 punch from the white house perspective, at least, today on what we should be doing in debt talks. >> buffett is interesting. he said he doesn't think it will be that big a deal if we go off the cliff. >> he says don't worry about raising taxes on investments and income from investments. he said, i will do a good deal, because it's a good deal. not because my taxes are going to be a certain rate. so he has pounded this -- beat this drum for some time. but this is the white house, the latest from the white house on the fiscal cliff and how it would hurt the middle class. >> christine romans, great to see you yet again today. can't get enough romance in my day. >>> the white house election shows where the people stand on the economy, the fiscal cliff. but today we have some very specific a
in 2011. it creates the largest private label food company in north america. this is a big deal. >> yes, it is. it's big in size in terms of what we've seen in this market. look how excited he is. and they finally got it done. it's been one as you pointed out that was around in 2011. they couldn't get it done. that is conagra. they walked away. ralcorp stock price fell dramatically. they split the post cereal division from ralcorp. the two trade separately. so you did have a company here that perhaps became a little more -- i wouldn't say vulnerable. not as if they were committed to selling. the board composition changed. you have had activist shareholder get on there. that was very quick. october 2nd. they filed a deed not long before that. this board from what i hear and the management said, all right, let's try and get something done with conagra. the last month they've been able to do that. the price perhaps came down a bit. the ask came down a bit to get a deal done at the $90 a share level. >> i think it's important to point out that conagra is up in premarket trading. >> guidance
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of any sincetive information. i think the administration has used that as an excuse. you know, america has a lot of overclassification, no doubt about it. but that's one reason we have adults in senior positions, who are supposed to be able to handle this. i don't really think it would have been all that difficult for her to give a somewhat more nuanced constitution ed explan happened in benghazi. >> you agree with raul? >> normally before a sunday show, the communicators and those who drafted the talking points, this case, perhaps the intelligence community, will prepare the individual going out on the sunday shows, especially when they are going to do multiple shows to understand where the lines are. we don't know if that happened here if it didn't, it certainly should have. it leads to saying that you learn how to make a more nuanced argument. this was just poorly handled. the talking points, poorly coordinated, went out there, making sound crystal clear, and i think she was both poorly serbed and then she didn't really use the talking points she was given in the way that she might
latin america, not all certainly, and they believed their interests laid with the democratic candidate, the president. >> i know stuart well, i have covered him in many campaigns. when he's not in a campaign, he's a very broad gauge guy. >> i got it. >> in the cockpit, he's different it seems based on these comments in particular. >> how about after a crash? >> because reaching out -- because reaching out means or should mean talking to them about -- the voters about issues they care about in the ways that they find appealing. what mitt romney's problems was, say, with the hispanic community was, especially in the primaries, mitt romney came on as the hard core guy who wanted people to self-deport or get gone. the way that sounded to -- evidently it sounded to 71% of hispanic voters who supported barack obama was we don't want to hear the republican candidate whose main platform is about getting us to take ourselves and leave the country. that's the reaching out that was wrong, not the mechanics, not the ground game, not that they didn't advertise on hispanic radio, which they didn't d
's a wylie coyote, road runner thing. they do not want to be accused as being the reason america goes off the fist cal cliff. i think it's reasonable. i think democrats and republicans recognize the war is over. time to think about 2014, 2016, roll up our sleeves and negotiates. >> i'm trying to figure out exactly what that'll mean. will there be changes in social security, will cain? changes in the medicare program? will we really think about switching to a voucher program? >> i don't know, carol. look, democrats are giving lip service to reforming some of our entitlements like medicare. senator dick durbin was on abc and suggested that. the minute you push for specifics, raising the retirement age on medicare, he starts to flounder. i don't know we're moving towards any kind of deal yet. on politics, simplicity sells. a tax pledge is very simple. it communicates with your voters directly. here's the deal. republicans want low taxes for two reasons. they believe it's better for economic growth. we lost the election. we're going to lose that battle. also because they believe it will force
to former u.n. ambassador john bolton. he will be here in "america's newsroom" just a few minutes away. we'll ask him what he believes she should be asked this morning by the senators. that is coming up. >>> there are some new concerns today that president obama and republicans may not be able to strike a deal that would avoid that potentially devastating fiscal cliff that is looming over the u.s. economy right now. the president is meeting with small business owners at the white house today. he had a series of meetings with different business leaders over the last week. despite the warnings that the talks are stalling on capitol hill stuart varney joins me now, host of "varney & company" on fox business network. >> good morning, martha. bill:. martha: what are you hearing how this is going? >> it is impasse basically. the republicans said yesterday they accommodated the democrats they will agree to get more money from wealthy people from higher taxes but mitch mcconnell, senate republican leader, he says there has been no similar compromise from the democrats or the president. he says the
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and begin the new year getting the dave cotes of this world to invest in america. >> senator corker, it's always a pleasure. thank you very much. >> thank you. >>> and up next, protests in egypt and the turnover on the president's foreign policy team. we'll talk to dennis ross. >>> and still ahead, former bush national security adviser steven hadley, plus our correspondents in the field. this is "andrea mitchell reports" only on msnbc. sometimes what we suffer from is bigger than we think ... like the flu. with aches, fever and chills- the flu's a really big deal. so why treat it like it's a little cold? there's something that works differently than over-the-counter remedies. prescription tamiflu attacks the flu virus at its source. so don't wait. call your doctor right away. tamiflu is prescription medicine for treating the flu in adults and children one year and older whose flu symptoms started within the last two days. before taking tamiflu tell your doctor if you're pregnant, nursing. have serious health conditions, or take other medicines. if you develop an allergic reaction, a sev
was a way to sort of show the power, show the middle east that in fact america is still lock step with israel and that there is power in the two of them working in concert. >> oh, i don't know about the word lock step when you talk about president obama and benjamin netanyahu. i think the first thing they could do if they are in lock step is stop yelling at each other. >> they have to put forth a united front at the very least. we understand, i fully am aware of how tenuous that relationship is, but they were able to come together on some sort of agreement, however layered it is we are not sure at this point, that remains to be seen, but in terms of posing a force in front of morsi, they've got to be in concert together, do you agree? >> well, i thought it was interesting that morsi had actually manufactured the cease-fire before secretary of state clinton arrived, but out of just deference to the united states both morsi and benjamin netanyahu waited until secretary of state clinton was there until they announced it, which really meant we didn't have as much power as we have in t
and is he the leader of an islamist government that will become more and more extreme, threatening america? on the phone with us tonight, the founder of egypt's freedom party and ed hussein joins me here. ed, i want to start with you. morsi was credited with brokering that cease fire between israel and hamas. it seems within hours, he swept away with all these powers, saying his word will ride over judges. was he taking advantage of his success? >> without doubt, he knew he had enough political capital to make this move and just before, he had signed a deal with the imf for a $4 billion loan program. he thought he had enough credibility now to go after the judges that it was rumored would somehow control his own powers on december 2nd. what he undermined and failed to understand that this is a new egypt in which nobody with get away with that level of power around them without the street rising to be the check and balance we've seen happen over the last three days. >> what is your point of view on this? is this something people in egypt will accept? >> definitely not. at least a broad segm
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. we shouldn't rule out the entire range of potential terrorist attacks and what would do to america's relations and to america's set of priorities in the middle east taking down an airplane blowing of the series of embassies and attacking civilians, foreign governments as was tried in washington with the attack on the saudi ambassador and the foreign governments using terrorism even on our soil. it is a whole range of possibilities. let's not for close dealing with them. third, a sinai clash on steroids. we saw in august of 2011, how the attempt by terrorists, the effort by the terrorists to kill the israelis triggered the reaction that ended up with the egypt and israel peace treaty being this far away from total collapse. i measured this as being the thickness on the door of the israeli embassy in cairo outside of which the protesters were banding down the door to attack the american -- the diplomats on the other side of the door. and that is when the military controlled egypt. today there is a different situation. another clash triggered by terrorists seeking to promote egypt, is
it doesn't work on windows. okay, i'm outta here. more dishwasher brands in north america recommend cascade. >>> welcome back to "weekends with alex witt." another republican is speaking out against grover norquist's anti-tax increase. this time it's lindsey graham. >> when you're $16 trillion in debt, the only pledge we should be making is republicans should put revenue on the table. we're this far in debt. we don't generate enough revenue. capping deductions will help generate revenue. i think grover is wrong when he says we can't cap deductions and buy down debt. what do you do with the money? i will violate the pledge only if the democrats will do entitlement reform. >> publisher and former pennsylvania governor ed rendell. hello, guys. good to see you both. >> and to you. both of you. rich, your party has been doing a lot of soul searching and you just heard lindsey graham going against grover norquist's tax pledge. >> well, what they have come to understand, i think, is and lindsey graham said he's not in favor of raising rates but in favor of cutting deductions and exemptions. >> if
to withhold aid if his behavior doesn't change. >> what should the united states of america do? saying this is unacceptable. we thank mr. morsi for his efforts in brokering a ceasefire, which, by the way, is incredibly fragile. but this is not acceptable. and our dollars will be related to the progress of democracy which he promised the people of egypt. oot muslim brotherhood and president morsi's opponents in cairo on tuesday ahead of those planned protests. today morsi will meet with the country's top judges in the hopes of solving this crisis. nbc's ayman joins us now. instead of the leader whose letter begins with 346 but it's not mubarak we're talking about, it's morsi. what's going on today? >> reporter: well, you're right. that's what the people here in tahrir square have been telling us, that they've replaced one dictator for another and, in fact, you can't really emphasize this enough. it's all about a domino effect here in egypt. let's start with the most developing news and that is a cairo court has agreed to hear a lawsuit by 60 lawyers for that decree he issued on thursday
at some of the other news going on around america today. we're going to begin in new orleans where a fire that torched an entire city block left five families homeless. there were 100 firefighters battling this raging six-alarm inferno over an hour before gaining control. in all, the blaze destroyed five buildings and left several other structures severely damaged. >>> next in michigan where a police dash cam captured a roadside explosion. the couple inside the minivan blaze escaped unharmed, but they had some explaining to do. police believe the blaze has the markings of a meth lab fire. the vehicle is now being checked for components used to cook methamphetamines. >>> motorists in oregon had to deal with a different kind of danger. on that roadway. a driver was left dangling for over an hour after crashing through a guardrail on an overpass. he hung upside down while firefighters secured his truck to a fire truck. the driver was later arrested for dui. >>> finally, a former cheerleader flipped out in a major way at her alma mater. over 20,000 people at the university of texas at el paso
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to the united states of america. then we can outline what action might be taken. but first, condemn it. this is not acceptable. this is not what they expect. over dollars will be related to the progress toward democracy. >> senator mccain is helpful here by pointing out that the united states has leverage over egypt. i disagree with jonah on the idea id's a new dictatorship in home of the muslim brotherhood. in the negotiation with israe israel, morsi showed he can separate himself out and fact a pragmatic fashion. i don't know if he is represent brotherhood. the next day cashing in the political capital by declaring yourself unimpeachable dictator of the country. >> i guess we know this. there is no question on the matter of human rights. pickerson said we went from guys from mustaches to beards. not a good trade. our goal is not to secure democracy for any other company. our goal is to secure the best deal we can. whatever it takes. no advantage to alienate the largest air company in the world. i rarely support obama for anything. but hesitating to attack morsi what we knew he would
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ceiling and allow the united states of america to default on its -- what it owes, which could have driven this entire world into a major financial crisis. and they said, hey, we are not going to raise tax rates for the rich, and if it means an international financial crisis, so be it. i think that's being a bully. i think that is hostage taking. i think back in 2010, and by the way, thomas, in midst of this whole discussion, we have got to remember, that between 2010 and 2011 we have already as a congress, against my votes, cut over $1 trillion in programs that help low-income people, working people, middle class people, the wealthiest up until now have not paid a nickel more in taxes. so i would answer your question by saying the republicans have been very clear in saying that their job is to represent the largest corporations and the wealthiest people and up until this point they have succeeded. >> well, when we talk about the fact that so many republicans recently have voiced the fact that they will break grover norquist's anti-taxing pledge. certain leaders and colleagues of yours rig
believe in the greatness of america, i believe that this president can lead. i believe that his secretary of state, whoever that might be, can also lead. >> john mccain's humor, we understand, but he was certainly treating this as though it is very much in play. of course, as we point out, the president has not nominated her, but we understand all of our reporting and colleague's reporting he would like to nominate her to be secretary of state. can she try to -- can they try to ram this through? >> well, you know, the president has a right to nominate the person he thinks is best for all these positions and andrea, as you know, there may be vacancies in four or five key positions in his administration. so he has to make the best judgment for that. i would just hope that all members of congress would give any nominee, obviously, due consideration. and today ambassador rice is being asked lots of questions and she -- i thought she made the right decision. she took the initiative, the administration did, to have her go up to capitol hill. that's the right position. and as long as the adminis
traction in middle america. >> thank you all. i really appreciate your time and your insight into this story. thank you. i really appreciate it. coming up, president obama's new fiscal cliff strategy revealed. the president taking a page from his campaign. he's trying to get the public on his side when it comes to extending the bush tax cuts for the middle class. do the exit polls show he has the public on his side? chris van hollen will join us live. plus, another day of deadly protests in cairo over egypt's president morsi's new sweeping powers that he is seeking. we'll get a live report. plus, the former head of florida's republican party, he's making a stunning claim about the state's early voting law saying it was deliberately designed to suppress minority votes. it's just one of the things we thought you should know. join our conversation on twitter. you can find us at @tamronhall and at @newsnation. a winter wonderland doesn't just happen. it takes some doing. some coordinating. and a trip to the one place with the new ideas that help us pull it all together. from the
moneymaker for the stores. i've got relatives here from central america who are here to go fight over a $4 poster they probably don't even need. you know, i actually am not a fan of these commercial holidays, if you like, because i think it takes away a bit from the thought of just yesterday we were all about family and friends and giving thanks. and now we're all fighting with each other, duking it out over tickle me elmo. so i think we need to put the focus back where it is. that being said, we're in a tough economy. if this gets people spending the money and getting the economy churning, it's all good. to each his own. >> maria, i really think one day soon that retailers will just remain open 24/7 even on holidays because they need to get people into the stores to buy, buy, buy. >> i guess that might be the case, carol, but i hope not. i guess in this recession and clugish recovery it is a good thing. it's not so good for family unity. but i got to tell you. coming off of a political campaign where people were so sick of all the political ads, how long did it take me to get sick of the
colmes radio show". his new book is, thank the liberals for saving america. jim, i'm sure you agree that is exactly what is clear as according to "the washington post"? >> jon, there are so many slavering things in "the washington post" profile. you left out this could be the most iconic figure in, one of the most iconic figures in american history. i think that is sort of shows the tone of this piece which, as you said, does mention benghazi but doesn't mention such interesting questions, why, for example, hillary clinton as opposed to susan rice was unable available to be on the shows all those sunday talking points we know now have been to be so erroneous. that didn't get mention the at all. jon: we replayed the tape from the october 16th which said i'm responsible for what happens in my department. if that is the case why wasn't she on the sunday shows? >> i don't know why she wasn't on the sunday shows but there is no issue about benghazi. there is no cover-up. this is purely invention by conservative media and conservatives who wanted romney to inwith the election. there has b
in comparison to the-shows when president bush was president. part of the problem in ameritech is -- in america is the media should put under their caption white house stenographer. there was also a laser with where the attacks were, and that is why he got killed. he was an absolute hero. guest: there is concern with talking points in the mainstream media, as it is called, but in my defense i have written very critical things about barack obama and his presidency over the last three years, and we try our best to be even-handed. host: rob. manassas, virginia. caller: what has befuddles me is the cia changing their assessment. i do not have some of the facts, but you seem well-informed. would it not be simple enough to ask one of the survivors what happened? if somebody is outside of my house, i could see if they are having a protest or breaking on. this analysis on cia analysts in mclean, virginia, when they could just as someone what happened. i do not understand the confusion about what happened for so long after the event. guest: those are legitimate questions that should be the main focus of
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